CAMDEN — Camden Police Chief Matt Spurlock last week shared his department’s recent activity, including several arrests related to drug activity.
Michelle S. Bryant, 42, of Oxford, was arrested on Wednesday, Nov. 1, at Camden Primary School.
“Bryant was witnessed to be looking inside vehicles in the parking lot,” Spurlock reported. “Bryant then went to the side of the school and got a student’s bicycle and left the area.
“Officers were dispatched to the area and upon their arrival Bryant had returned the bicycle and was currently speaking to the staff,” he added. “Bryant was advising staff that the bicycle was possessed and she needed to get it off the property.”
After investigation officers determined Bryant was under the influence of methamphetamine, according to Spurlock. She was arrested and charged with theft, inducing panic, disorderly conduct and criminal trespass and was transported to the Preble County Jail.
“This incident happened just prior to the start of the school day and no students or staff were in danger,” Spurlock said. “Bryant was not violent or aggressive at the scene — she was just highly impaired. The staff handled this situation immediately and with great professionalism.”
According to Spurlock, Larry D. Adams, 57, of Camden, was arrested on Thursday, Oct. 26, for obstructing official business, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
“Adams was contacted by a friend who had been driving under suspension. Adams was on scene with officers to pick up his friend’s vehicle so it would not be impounded. Once on scene Adams became combative towards officers. After a foot chase with Adams, he was taken into custody and transported to the Preble County Jail,” Spurlock reported.
Adams’ next court date at the Eaton Municipal Court was scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 7.
John F. Riddell Jr., 37, of Camden, came into contact with officers on Tuesday, Oct. 17, after being a passenger of a vehicle which was involved in a traffic stop. After an investigation and with help from the Camden Police Canine Unite, the driver, Emily Stevens, 28, of West Chester and Riddell both faced drug paraphernalia charges for marijuana paraphernalia and also possession of a methamphetamine pipe, Spurlock reported.
Stevens was issued a citation for failure to signal. Stevens and Riddell are both scheduled to appear at Camden Mayor’s Court in November, according to Spurlock.
Willie AR Harris Jr., 45, of Camden, was arrested on Monday, Oct. 23, at his residence on McGuire Drive, on an active warrant. Harris was taken into custody without incident.
Willie AR Harris III of Camden was arrested on Tuesday, Oct. 31. Harris III was stopped as a suspicious person by officers, according to Spurlock, who said while speaking to officers Harris III advised them he “had methamphetamine in his back pocket.”
Harris III was detained and the methamphetamine was recovered, Spurlock reported. Harris III was transported to the Preble County Jail and booked on a felony drug possession charge.
James Lancaster of Camden was arrested on Friday, Oct. 27, on an active warrant. Lancaster was taken into custody without incident.
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